TOPICAL VS. REGIONAL STUDIES F Topical or Thematic Studies –population –languages –migration –economics –social customs F Regional Studies –North America –Africa –East Asia –Europe –Northern California –Sacramento region
UNITED STATES Some 75 percent of the more than 260 million people in the United States live in towns and cities. Yet farmers, accounting for less than 2 percent of the population, lead the world in production of soybeans and corn. NORTH AMERICA The 455 million people of North America produce more goods and consume more resources than those on any other continent. Canada and the United States share a 5,500- mile (8,850-kilometer) border, the longest and one of the friendliest anywhere.
From 1990 to 1995 the countries of Europe mushroomed from 33 to 43, most of which have access to the ocean. In these countries live 686 million people who speak some 80 languages. RUSSIA AND THE INDEPENDENT NATIONS OF THE FORMER SOVIET UNION A few years back the Soviet Union was the biggest country in the world, dominating the Eurasian landmass from the Baltic Sea to the Pacific Ocean. In 1991 the former communist colossus fragmented into Russia and 14 other countries, which are now coping with political and economic dislocation. Yet Russia remains the world's biggest nation, comprising more than 6,500,000 square miles (17,000,000 sq km).
Geography and the New Global Order F The Concept of Region F Basics of Geography F Natural Environments of the World F People & World Cultures –chronology of man F World Economic & Political Geography F Urban and Rural Landscapes F and…. World Regions